The Miami Hurricanes dropped to 27-16 (15-15 ACC) with a 14-3 series opening loss to the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets on Friday night. The Hurricanes allowed 17 hits and seven walks as a staff on Friday night, while Miami’s offense managed just seven hits for the evening.
Miami got out to an early lead for the evening. Three straight singles scored the first run of the game for the Hurricanes and gave Miami starter Alex McFarlane an early 1-0 lead after one inning.
McFarlane pitched well until Georgia Tech put together an eight run inning in the top of the third. A hit-by-pitch, single, and a double opened the inning for the Yellow Jackets and scored four runs. A sac-fly then scored another run for Georgia Tech before a bases loaded walk and a two-run double made the score 8-1 after three innings.
Georgia Tech extended the lead in the fourth, sixth, and seventh innings. A solo homerun from Justyn-Henry Malloy scored a run in the fourth inning and another run scored in the sixth inning after a single, double, and a sac-fly. In the seventh inning Malloy continued his great day at the plate with a three-run homerun that made the score 13-1 after seven innings.
Miami scored two runs in the bottom of the eighth after Alex Toral hit an RBI-single and CJ Kayfus followed him with a bases loaded walk. Unfortunately for Miami, Georgia Tech added another run in the ninth inning on a sacrifice fly that made the score 14-3.
Hurricanes pitchers allowed 14 runs on Friday night, all of which were earned, and threw 209 pitches during the game. Miami gave up seven walks, struck out just four batters, hit two batters, and allowed 17 hits to allow Georgia Tech to have 26 baserunners over the course of the game. Miami managed seven hits and five walks on offense, but the Hurricanes left nine men on base throughout the course of the game.
Miami is now in danger of losing their second consecutive ACC series after losing a series to Boston College two weeks ago. The Hurricanes earned a much needed sweep of Appalachian State last weekend, but will need a good performance over the last two games against Georgia Tech in order to build on the momentum they had last week.
Winning Pitcher: Brant Hurter (5-4, 7.0 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 2 BB, 5 K)
Losing Pitcher: Alex McFarlane (2-1, 2.1 IP, 8 H, 7 R, 7 ER, 0 BB, 0 K)
Date & Time: Saturday, May 15, 7:00 p.m.
Hurricanes Starter: Jake Smith (2-0, 3.41 ERA)
Georgia Tech Starter: Andy Archer (4-4, 4.34 ERA)
Radio: WVUM 90.5 FM
Television: ACC Network Extra